As a visitor to Whistler, you may notice many community groups, volunteer organizations and associations that are actively working to educate the public and protect the wildlife and land that we are here to enjoy. Check out our Events listings for local outings, lecture series and fundraisers. Everyone is always welcome to attend even if you are here just for a weekend.
Whistler2020 is the community's shared vision and plan for continued success to the year 2020 - and an ambitious step on the longer journey to a sustainable future. Rooted in Whistler's values and a science-based approach to sustainability, Whistler2020 is long-term, comprehensive, community-developed, community-implemented and action-focused.
Lower Cheakamus Neighbourhood District Energy System
An in-progress project that will see a district energy system employ 'waste' energy from
Whistler's wastewater treatment plant to meet the space and hot water needs of all of
the dwellings in the new Lower Cheakamus neighbourhood. Current estimates of
potential greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions versus typical construction are 60
to 70 per cent.
A 'green' building standard and associated
checklist has been developed in Whistler, with energy efficiency standing as a
cornerstone. Whistler Green homes will set a new standard for residential
construction and serve as a model for the community.
Partners For Climate Protection Program
Whistler was recognized as an environmental leader in the country, as the first community in Canada to have completed the final milestone in the Partners for Climate Protection Program (PCP)
developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the International Council for
Local Environmental Initiatives.
Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE)
AWARE is a membership organization whose mandate is to improve the quality of life by protecting Whistler's natural heritage. Each summer, AWARE presents the Whistler Environmental Business (WEB) Awards to highlight and encourage local leaders in environmental stewardship and promote sustainable business practices.
Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA)
WORCA is dedicated to maintaining Whistler's bike trails and promote sustainable trail building. They sponsor trail maintenance programs and educate riders on the importance of preserving
and maintaining the trails while riding.
Whistler Museum & Archives
The Whistler Museum takes an active role in the cultural and natural stewardship of Whistler and the surrounding area.
The Fitzsimmons Creek Renewable Energy Project
Open in late fall 2009 and producing power for Christmas, Whistler Blackcomb's brand new hydro electric initiative, The Fitzsimmons Creek Renewable Energy Project, will generate 33 gigawatt hours of electricity every year - enough electricity to power the entire resort's operations, including over 300 snow guns, 38 ski lifts and 17 restaurants among other facilities.
As Whistler's Tourism Bureau and operators of Whistler Official Central Reservations, Tourism Whistler shares the community's dedication to the environment. The following are a small sample of the programs underway at Tourism Whistler.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Tourism Whistler is currently developing an inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions of its corporate operations and services. It's also developing a strategy for reducing these emissions, where possible, and purchasing high-quality carbon offsets for emissions that cannot be avoided. This strategy is being put in place with the goal of Central Reservations becoming carbon neutral in the future.
Tourism Whistler has established a green committee that regularly meets to develop and implement green strategies within the workplace, such as promoting recycling and composting in its offices, and utilizing technology so employees can share information electronically, thereby reducing the amount of paper used internally. Employees regularly attend community events such as Pitch In Day, Salmon Counting and more.
Tourism Whistler uses post-consumer recycled paper for all its printed advertising and marketing materials and brochures.
The Whistler Conference Centre is a leader in environmental sustainability. The team can work with meeting planners to bring elements of Corporate Social Responsibility, environmental awareness and sustainability to their meeting.
If you would like to be a part of Whistler's efforts to minimize its environmental footprint, please consider some of these simple ideas when visiting the resort:
When you leave your hotel room, turn off the air conditioning or heat, lights, TV and radio. Close the drapes.
Participate in hotel linen programs, or let the hotel know that it's not necessary to change your sheets and towels every day.
Park the Car
Whistler Village is pedestrian only, with restaurants, shops, hotels, ski lifts and other amenities located within walking distance. Other neighborhoods, lakes and beaches are all connected by the Valley Trail and buses. You can choose to walk, hire a bike or use public transportation.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Take only the brochures or maps necessary. Return others to the brochure stand. Participate in recycling programs by placing recyclables in appropriate bins. Use a reusable shopping bag, coffee cup and waterbottle. If you don't have the items, buy them here as a souvenir!
Stay on established trails when hiking to avoid disturbing plants and wildlife, and remember to take garbage with you when you leave.